Canadian IBRO school of neuroscience

We are proud to welcome, for the 11th year, trainees of the Canadian IBRO School of Neuroscience. Here are the details about the 2017 edition of this school:

IBRO-USCRC Canadian School of Neuroscience: Development, Plasticity, and Repair of Neural Circuits

Montreal, Canada

May  11 – June 1, 2017


  • Dr. Ellis Cooper (Chair)
  • Dr. Albert J. Aguayo
  • Dr. Ante L. Padjen (Communications)
  • Dr. Melissa Vollrath & Dr. David Ragsdale (Programs Coordinators)

(All members of McGill University)

Aims and Scope of the School:

This IBRO Neuroscience School Program offers an advanced neuroscience course for young investigators from Africa and Latin America. This School focusses on the development, plasticity, and repair of neural circuits. This opportunity is made possible by the support of the IBRO North American Regional Committee and several Canadian institutions. The School is intended for 12-14 promising young trainees who have clear leadership potential in the scientific community of their home countries. A unique feature of the School is that students attend and present a poster of their work at the Canadian Association for Neuroscience’s annual meeting, a meeting that brings together over 1000 researchers, mostly from across Canada and the United States

Educational Objectives:

  • To deepen participants’ understanding of mechanisms related to development, plasticity, and repair of neural circuits.
  • To acquaint the participants with a variety of experimental approaches and analytical tools.
  • To foster long-lasting links with Canadian neuroscientists.
  • To forge new contacts between investigators in Canada, Africa, and Latin America.


The focus of this School is on the development and plasticity of neural circuits, and on mechanisms to repair circuits that are damaged or that develop abnormally. Students are taught through a series of interactive sessions, hands-on labs, and, and visits to various state-of-the art laboratories. The Faculty consists of prominent neuroscientists at McGill University, Montreal Neurological Institute, and the Université de Montréal. The school coordinators are Drs. Melissa Vollrath and David Ragsdale.

In this school, students will participate in interactive seminars and lab sessions covering a wide range of topics, including: i) Axonal guidance and signals that regulate axon regeneration; ii) Neuronal diversification of astrocytes, and astrocyte growth; iii) Degeneration and repair of the retina; iv) Structural plasticity; v) Neural map formation and sensory coding in the olfactory system and the visual system; vi) Computation models of synaptic integration on dendrites; vii) Use of model organisms (zebrafish, xenopus, C. elegans, drosophila) to investigate the development of neural circuits, as well as neurodegenerative diseases; viii) Crispr/Cas9 and gene editing techniques.

In addition to these interactive sessions, demonstrations, and special lectures, students will have the opportunity to conduct a short-term research project on a topic relevant to their own research.

How are IBRO trainees chosen?

Students are chosen in consultation with IBRO’s regional committees. The specific criteria include: academic achievements and leadership potential, publications, letters of reference, and in particular, a statement of how attending this School will benefit the applicant’s research career and their research environment.   Students selected to attend the School have their travel and living expenses (housing and meals) covered by the School, as well as registration to the Canadian Association for Neuroscience Annual meeting.

Application deadline was January 15th 2017


Please feel free to send all your queries to


IBRO US-Canada Regional Committee, Society for Neuroscience Canadian Association for Neuroscience CIHR, INMHA Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University